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CMS Adds Six New Quality Measures to Nursing Home Compare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the addition of six new quality measures to its Nursing Home Compare website. Three of the new measures — rate of rehospitalization, emergency room use and community discharge among nursing home residents — are based on Medicare-claims data submitted by hospitals, marking the first time CMS has included quality measures not solely based on data that are self-reported by nursing homes. These measures, along with two others on functional improvement and worsening ability to move independently, will be factored into the calculation of the Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Ratings beginning in July 2016. The final measure, which addresses residents receiving antianxiety or hypnotic medications, will not be included in the ratings calculation because CMS has not yet determined appropriate benchmarks for the use of those medications. More information is available on the CMS website